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Getting to Know Your Endocannabinoid System: How Does Cannabis Work?

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1.5 hours


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Getting to Know Your Endocannabinoid System: How Does Cannabis Work?

Brad Stockert, PT, PhD / Lori Zucker, PT, DPT

Brad Stockert, PT, PhD is a full professor at California State University, Sacramento. He has taught in professional Physical Therapy, Nursing and Pharmacy programs for over 30 years. He received his PT degree from Stanford University and his PhD in Physiology from University of California, Davis. Dr. Stockert currently teaches in the areas of pathology, pharmacology and cardiovascular & pulmonary rehabilitation. Dr. Stockert has given multiple evidence-informed presentations on cannabis at state and national conferences as well as provided webinars on the topic. His research interests include the use of high-fidelity simulation as a teaching strategy for interprofessional education and has presented his education-based research using simulation at CSM and WCPT on multiple occasions as well as published his research in the area. Dr. Stockert was appointed as the Chair of the Strategic Initiative Panel on Simulation by the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy.

Lori Zucker, PT, DPT has a private physical therapy practice and is an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers University where she teaches DPT students on the pharmacology of cannabis and offers the very popular elective “ Cannabis in the 21st Century: It's Not Your Parents' Weed” Dr. Zucker has completed a Medical Professional Cannabis certification course and has presented nationally on the topic of patient use of cannabis

About the course

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) was discovered in 1992 and may hold many answers about homeostasis, health and well-being, yet it is still unknown by many health care providers. This 1.5 hour online, on-demand course will explain for health care providers the structure and function of a biological system that was not previously taught during undergraduate or graduate trainings. In addition, the interaction of the ECS with phytocannabinoids including THC, CBD, CBN, CBG, CBC, and the entourage effect will form a foundation of knowledge from which health care providers will be able to have conversations with patients and clients about how, when and why they use cannabis based products for a range of health concerns. This foundational knowledge and ability to communicate with patients about cannabis is becoming increasingly more important as people across the United States get greater access to cannabis-based products.

Course Objectives
At the completion of this course the participant will be able to:

1. Describe the components of endocannabinoid system. 

2. Describe the metabolic pathway for phytocannabinoid synthesis.

3. Discuss the physiological impact of major phytocannabinoids

4. Describe the characteristics of phytocannabinoid administration, absorption & bioavailability.

5. List the most common side effects related to cannabinoid use.

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